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Dynamics of Antibiotic Usage in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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159–64
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A cross-sectional, analytical study of antibiotic usage patterns at the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies was conducted on consecutive admissions between July and December 2007. Areas for improvement identified included attention to appropriate prophylactic antibiotic use and duration of courses, and use of de-escalation.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine antibiotic usage patterns in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

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e-Published: 02 Oct, 2013

A Survey of Physicians’ Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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165–70
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Most physicians considered antibiotic resistance an extremely important problem globally, but less so nationally. Contributory factors were correctly identified, but antibiotic prescribing practice did not incorporate measures to reduce resistance. Hand-washing was not considered to be important in reducing resistance and de-escalation to narrow spectrum antibiotics when appropriate was not a regular practice.

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Objective: To identify physicians’ knowledge and attitudes regarding antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic prescribing practices at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

Methods: A cross-sectional survey of physicians at the UHWI was conducted between September 2008 and April 2009 using a 28-item, self-administered questionnaire. Eligible physicians from several specialities were identified from departmental rotas.

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e-Published: 02 Oct, 2013

Interdisciplinary Communication in the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies

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656–61
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A cross-sectional survey of medical staff in the Intensive Care Unit, the University Hospital of the West Indies regarding interdisciplinary communication was conducted in January 2008. Communication between staff members was unsatisfactory, with differing perceptions between physicians and nurses. There were lower levels of openness reported by nurses (32%) compared to physicians (73%). There was an overall poor perception of leadership within the unit.

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Objective: To assess the perceptions of physicians and nurses working full-time in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) regarding interdisciplinary communication.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013

Evolution of Blood Donation Patterns in a Hospital-based Blood Centre over a Seven-year Period: Implications for Donor Recruitment and Retention

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.204
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632–5
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Based on a comparative study of blood donation over a seven-year period, it is evident that innovative methods of donor recruitment are necessary if the blood supply is to keep pace with the increasing demand.
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Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of a public appeal to encourage voluntary blood donation by comparing the pattern of blood donations in 2000 and 2007. 
 
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14 Dec, 2012
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e-Published: 22 Jan, 2014
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